America's Great Outdoors
Now that is a mouthful! What a great photo of a American white pelican taken at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.Photo: John Savage/National Wildlife Refuge Association

Now that is a mouthful! What a great photo of a American white pelican taken at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Photo: John Savage/National Wildlife Refuge Association

We’re pretty sure this photo of the super moon rising at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, is one of the best super moon photo to be found anywhere online.Photo: National Park Service

We’re pretty sure this photo of the super moon rising at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, is one of the best super moon photo to be found anywhere online.

Photo: National Park Service

Seen on an early morning patrol in Arches National Park: a cottontail transfixed with fear, a snake still too sluggish to strike, and a chipmunk chirping its fool head off.What happened next, you ask? The bunny hopped away, the patrol ranger escorted the snake safely out of the road, and the chipmunk bored quickly and left. Undramatic, as nature often is — when not scripted for TV.Photo: National Park Service

Seen on an early morning patrol in Arches National Park: a cottontail transfixed with fear, a snake still too sluggish to strike, and a chipmunk chirping its fool head off.

What happened next, you ask? The bunny hopped away, the patrol ranger escorted the snake safely out of the road, and the chipmunk bored quickly and left. Undramatic, as nature often is — when not scripted for TV.

Photo: National Park Service

Happy Father’s Day everyone. We want to share this amazing story of James and Jonah Geier (as told by James’ daughter Laura Geier). Celebrating Dads like James is what Father’s Day is all about."Perseverance. Shared by both the Arch in withstanding time and change, and the resolve of a father to hike his disabled son to the Arch to experience the incredible symbol of natural beauty and strength. Retired Law Enforcement Officer James Geier hiked his eighteen year old son Jonah Geier three miles, and 480 feet over slickrock trails, and up red rock steps to share with Jonah a worldwide symbol of strength and endurance. Neither Geier nor Arch is deterred by challenges."

Happy Father’s Day everyone. We want to share this amazing story of James and Jonah Geier (as told by James’ daughter Laura Geier). Celebrating Dads like James is what Father’s Day is all about.

"Perseverance. Shared by both the Arch in withstanding time and change, and the resolve of a father to hike his disabled son to the Arch to experience the incredible symbol of natural beauty and strength. Retired Law Enforcement Officer James Geier hiked his eighteen year old son Jonah Geier three miles, and 480 feet over slickrock trails, and up red rock steps to share with Jonah a worldwide symbol of strength and endurance. Neither Geier nor Arch is deterred by challenges."

Sunset at the Doll House in Canyonlands National Park.Photo: National Park Service

Sunset at the Doll House in Canyonlands National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

Happy National Trails Day! Hundreds of organized activities are planned today as part of National Trails Day, including hikes, educational programs, bike rides, trail rehabilitation projects, festivals, paddle trips, and trail dedications. A listing of activities is available on the American Hiking Society’s website (http://www.americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/).To promote outdoor recreation and reconnect Americans to nature, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis announced this the recognition of 19 hiking and biking trails and two water trails as national recreation trails, adding 452 miles in 11 states to the National Trails System. To see the full list, click here: http://on.doi.gov/1kMpagM
Photo from Bryce Canyon National Park by Trevis Schuh

Happy National Trails Day! Hundreds of organized activities are planned today as part of National Trails Day, including hikes, educational programs, bike rides, trail rehabilitation projects, festivals, paddle trips, and trail dedications. A listing of activities is available on the American Hiking Society’s website (http://www.americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/).

To promote outdoor recreation and reconnect Americans to nature, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis announced this the recognition of 19 hiking and biking trails and two water trails as national recreation trails, adding 452 miles in 11 states to the National Trails System. To see the full list, click here: http://on.doi.gov/1kMpagM

Photo from Bryce Canyon National Park by Trevis Schuh

The three majestic natural bridges of Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah invite you to ponder the power of water in a landscape usually defined by its absence. View them from an overlook, or hit the trails and experience their grandeur from below. Declared a National Monument in 1908, the bridges are named “Kachina,” “Owachomo” and “Sipapu” in honor of the Native Americans that once made this area their home. This is also home to some of the darkest night skies in the United States. Photo: Manish Mamtani (www.sharetheexperience.org)

The three majestic natural bridges of Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah invite you to ponder the power of water in a landscape usually defined by its absence. View them from an overlook, or hit the trails and experience their grandeur from below. Declared a National Monument in 1908, the bridges are named “Kachina,” “Owachomo” and “Sipapu” in honor of the Native Americans that once made this area their home. This is also home to some of the darkest night skies in the United States.

Photo: Manish Mamtani (www.sharetheexperience.org)

May the fourth be with you. Happy Star Wars day from Arches National Park!Photo: Jacob W. Frank

May the fourth be with you. Happy Star Wars day from Arches National Park!

Photo: Jacob W. Frank

At first glance, this looks like a scary place for a hike. But look again. Photographer Darrell Staggs took this photo in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area near the Arizona/Utah Border. Here’s what he had to say about it. “This canyon housed a pool of water that was sheltered from any wind, making it a perfect mirror for the canyon walls lit by the late afternoon sun. The sun was rapidly descending towards the horizon, and lighting was changing every minute. At this time of day, you can sit in a single spot and take an ever-changing set of images of the same subject. Not all spectacular shots are obvious.”

At first glance, this looks like a scary place for a hike. But look again. Photographer Darrell Staggs took this photo in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area near the Arizona/Utah Border. Here’s what he had to say about it. “This canyon housed a pool of water that was sheltered from any wind, making it a perfect mirror for the canyon walls lit by the late afternoon sun. The sun was rapidly descending towards the horizon, and lighting was changing every minute. At this time of day, you can sit in a single spot and take an ever-changing set of images of the same subject. Not all spectacular shots are obvious.”

As a tribute to National Parks Week, here’s a #TBT from Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah. In this short, we see Dan Perkins (USGS) standing on his horse “Cap” on top of Owachomo Bridge. We’re assuming, of course, that the horse didn’t get spooked suddenly. Thanks Dan for your bravery. Circa 1925. Credit: Lee, W.T., USGS

As a tribute to National Parks Week, here’s a #TBT from Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah. In this short, we see Dan Perkins (USGS) standing on his horse “Cap” on top of Owachomo Bridge. We’re assuming, of course, that the horse didn’t get spooked suddenly. Thanks Dan for your bravery. Circa 1925.

Credit: Lee, W.T., USGS